I love the Gabriel Allon series and The Rembrandt Affair is probably the most interesting story line yet. Mr. Silva brings out the injustices done to the Dutch Jews during the Holocaust at the hands of the Nazi's and the local population occupied by the Third Reich. Hatred and distrust may have been the main reason for the Dutch to sell out their Jews, but money and opportunity was nipping right at it's heels. The story opens with a modern day murder over a little known work by Rembrandt that was stolen from Julian Isherwood, a friend and cohort of Gabriel Allon. Julian is an art dealer, who is threatened by ruin if the painting is not recovered. Thinking this was a relatively simple investigation, Gabriel agrees to look into the matter. What he and his usual team of spies uncover is a complicated and twisted story about greed, sorrow, guilt and redemption for those who were connected to the painting and the great crime that is uncovered by a secret it holds. As always, Allons' powers of deduction and total commitment to the task at hand, makes for a fast paced and often violent story with a bit of Jewish wit and wisdom thrown in for good measure. As a result, I could relate to the characters because I grew up Jewish and understand the mentality, even though I'm not a famous spy and assassin. I'm looking forward to the next book in the Allon Series.
This is the first Jennifer Crusie book that I've listened to and thought it was a great read. The characters are quirky and interesting, and even though "Maybe This Time" is essentially a ghost story, Ms. Crusie crafted it so well, that it was easy to suspend belief and just go with the flow. The romance is not overbearing and I liked the fact that it wasn't the only main point to the book. I'm looking forward to reading more books by this author.
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